Entrepreneurs of the self: The development of management control since 1976

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This review article considers some of the key management control articles published in AOS through the theoretical lens of Foucault's 1978/9 lectures on neo-liberalism and biopolitics. In these lectures Foucault analyses the shift from classical liberalism to what he describes as American neo-liberalism, the birth of biopolitics and the understanding of humans as entrepreneurs of the self. Foucault set out in the late 1970s what is now strikingly apparent in 2015 – the spread of neo-liberalism universally to domains which were previously thought to be “non-economic”, specifically, and for the purposes of this paper, to human-beings.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-24
Number of pages11
JournalAccounting, Organizations and Society
Early online date21 Nov 2015
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2015

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • management control
  • neo-liberalism
  • classical liberalism
  • 1970s


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